At the Stock Show — Why We Win

One of the political phrases meant to describe an inclusive nature of the party is “a big tent”.

Well, I think it is safe to say that is one of the reasons why we, the pro-rights community, are winning on the issues with firearms

FORT WORTH — Cowboy mounted shooting, a relatively new equestrian competition, made its debut Wednesday at the Fort Worth Stock Show.

“It’s a combination of horsemanship and hand-eye coordination,” said Mike Males, a mounted-shooting enthusiast from Granbury who produced this event.

Simply put in “our world” there is lots and lots of room for all kinds of fun activities.

What is Mounted Shooting? Just as it says, take a look

Click over to the Star-Telegram site for some great pictures also.


And who is doing this crazy but incredibly fun looking sport?

He said lever-action rifles would be used in the event, which includes a variety of classes with male, female and senior (over 50) divisions.

“There are over 10,000 contestants registered in the CMSA today,” he said, estimating that 1,500 are from Texas. “It attracts every kind of person, from truck drivers to heart surgeons to attorneys to preachers to grandmas. There’s a place in this organization for anybody who wants to have fun.”

Fun it is but it is also safe.

Competitors speed around a course in the arena while shooting balloons attached to 4-foot poles marking the path. That may sound like a dangerous sport to watch, but Males said you can leave your flak jacket at home.

“All the riders use Colt .45s, and the [blank] ammunition is loaded with black powder. The hot embers are what pops the balloons,” Males said. “They are safe. No projectiles come out.”

I realize this sport has been around for 17 years but this is the first time it has been part of the Stock Show and the Stock Show is HUGE around here. 930,000 people visit the stock show; that number doesn’t include the vendors, the competitors, the contestants — just the people who pay money to get into the show.

And now for the first time there is a mounted shooting competition at the show; some how I don’t think it will be the last.

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2 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paladin on 27.01.12 at 05:40

    Me and Mine were among the 930,000 visitors this year, just like every year. I love the FW Stockshow. I just wish I had known they were going to have a cowboy shooting event this year. I’d loved to have seen it.

  2. Posted by Rob on 27.01.12 at 05:40

    Can’t wait to see how the “Star of Sea” fairs at her first Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition ! Go Wickenburg !